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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A surfer was killed Tuesday by a shark off a beach at coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base following a summer of shark sightings along California's Central Coast, authorities said.
Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., 39, of Orcutt was killed in the attack off the coast of Surf Beach in Lompoc, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.
He was bitten by the shark in his upper torso.
Solorio "had a friend who he was surfing with who saw the shark bite or hit the man," said sheriff's Sgt. Mark A. Williams. "His friend ended up swimming over and pulling him from the water where he received first aid."
The friend started first aid while another surfer called for help, but Solorio was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.
The Air Force said he was not affiliated with the base, which allows public access to some of its beaches.
The type of shark involved and other details were under investigation.
It was the latest shark attack fatality at Surf Beach, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
In October 2010, Lucas Ransom, a 19-year-old student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, died when a shark nearly severed his leg as he body-boarded.
Hundreds of miles south near the coast of San Diego, a 15-foot great white shark is believed to have killed triathlete David Martin in 2008.
There were no shark warning signs posted at Surf Beach on Tuesday, said Lt. Erik Raney, adding that beaches don't typically post such notices unless the location had a recent shark sighting.
"We've had shark sightings up and down the Santa Barbara coastline pretty frequently recently," said Raney, adding that the sightings are well-publicized.
Last month, warning signs were posted at Santa Barbara Harbor, about 65 miles southeast of Surf Beach, after a 14-foot great white shark was spotted by a surfer.
In July, a man escaped injury near Santa Cruz after being thrown from his kayak by a great white shark that bit through the vessel. An almost identical incident occurred off the coast of Cambria in May.
Death by shark attack is rare. An average of 65 shark attacks occur each year around the world that typically result in two or three deaths, according to the Pew Environment Group.
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Sad sad sad.
We try to ignore them and I know it's rare, but it's always in my mind when I ride the coast.
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Your FEAR actually emits a different electrical signal then when your calm... Sharks snouts are lined with hundreds of tiny electrical receptors which SMELL FEAR-
So- BREATH DEEP, and Love your Mother... (Earth)
Last Saturday I could smell the fear reeking off myself while dragging through the surf...
There is something eerie about having nothing between your torso and the deep blue, stories like these don't help.
I have to give his friend props for his rescue efforts, i'd like to think i would of done the same. hope to never be in a situation like that.
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when i lived in florida. A kiter got bit in his ass by multiple sharks like 1/2mi out and the lifeguard paddled out there to get him and brought him in! he died from loosing so much blood but was alive when he was picked up by paramedics thanks to that lifeguard. Ballsy i too think the same way as you
I had a look at that repelsharks.com website. Note the following that's posted there:
"DO NOT USE IN AREAS FREQUENTED BY GREAT WHITE SHARKS, an ambush predator."
I've been suspect of the recent "shark repellants" that have some out - electronic gizmos and magnets. It seems to me that they work by creating an electric or magnetic field that fuzzes out a shark's senses once it gets close enough. The problem to me has been that sharks are actually attracted to low-level electro-magnetic fields. So at a distance, a shark probably senses the field and swims up to it to check it out. Once it gets too close, the field is much stronger than that of a dying fish, and fries the shark's senses.
Great whites may sense the field from a shark repellant from a distance and then swim to the neighborhood to check it out. Rather than gingerly swimming up to you like the lemon sharks in the repelsharks.com website, I'm guessing that our big sharks would actually bullrush the signal, hitting it hard just like they would a big elephant seal.
I don't think I want a 15 - 20 ft shark curious about the electric signal emanating from my ankle or board.
Reminds me of the warning I got in Alaska NOT to use a bear whistle because it sounds just like the warning cry of the Horny Marmot- ( Grizzly Bear's LOVE Marmot) LOL!!!
I remember this 4' shark in Abaco, RACING, I shit you not RACING to see what was going on with this downed kiter friend of mine.. He was thrashing and shit trying to relaunch his CRAP kite,.. and nearly SHIT himself when I told him about the shark I'd just scared off- (VERY TRUE STORY)
In Abaco I kited over Tiger Sharks so big it looked like the reef was swimming away, no shit. At around 10' they start to fill out from several hundred pounds to something like 2500 lbs for 12' to 13'. I local fisherman named Manny said Cherokee Sound is famous for BIG SHARKS...
I think they mostly are attracted by FEAR, they can feel you swimming for a very long distance, any irregular pulse and they KNOW (you're there)... Popping and pounding are NO-NO's as well as THRASHING, never thrash-
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